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The manufacturing process takes place with a minimal environmental impact and basically generates no by-products. Fiandre once again exibhits its leadership also with the complete certification of the environmental, manufacturing and commercial cycles.

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SYSTEM CERTIFICATIONS

The EU EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) is a voluntary instrument in which businesses and organisations can participate. Our Company has decided to do so in order to pursue and make visible the continuous improvement of our environmental performance, which is made available to the public through the environmental statement.

ISO 50001 – Energy Management Systems certification: an international standard that enables continual improvement of energy performance through the implementation of an energy management system, thus permitting a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as related energy costs.

ISO 9001 certification: for corporate Quality system management. The certification, valid at an international level, concerns corporate management in its entirety, from research and development to production, and from distribution to customer support. This system certifies that the Company has implemented an internal quality management system.

ISO 14001 certification: this is an Environmental Management System, which demonstrates the validity of the measures adopted by the Company to protect the internal and external environment. Through this certification, our company confirms its commitment to ensuring observance of laws concerning the environment and to managing, preserving and, where possible, reducing the use of natural resources, minimising pollution.

OHSAS 18001 certification: an acronym for Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series. This is an international standard directed towards risk assessment through an occupational health and safety management system, permitting organisations to continuously improve their observance of legal requirements.

PRODUCT CERTIFICATIONS

GREENGUARD Certification ensures that products intended for indoor use are characterised by practically non-existent emissions of volatile substances, contributing to the creation of healthier environments. GREENGUARD Gold Certification considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. This certification is widely recognised and accepted by sustainable building programmes and housing regulations worldwide. In the United States, it is referenced by The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) and the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating systems.

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration): a voluntary type III product declaration, based on analysis of the product life cycle (with a “from cradle to gate” approach) in accordance with the EN 15804 standard. This declaration is drawn up with reference to the guidelines of the UNI EN ISO 14040 standard and the specific PCR (Product Category Rules). This document describes the environmental impact linked to the production of a specific quantity of product in its various stages, from extraction of the raw material and transport to the production phase proper. Our Company was the first to certify its products in 6 mm and 10 mm (see www.environdec.com) with specific EPDs, validated by an independent third-party Body.

LEED Certification: already widespread and active in more than 40 countries, the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification system assesses and attests to the environmental, social and economic sustainability of buildings considered as a whole. According to the LEED classification criteria, highly environmentally sustainable construction materials contribute to achieving credits and increasing the points for the building. All the slabs presented in this instrument are certified to contain percentage of recycled material higher than 40% in accordance with the ISO 14021 standard, thus guaranteeing the highest points according to the LEED system.

NSF/ANSI 51 – 2014 - Food Equipment Materials certification was developed principally for commercial applications, so also bars, restaurants, hotel kitchens, canteens, etc. The ceramic slabs are applied in areas potentially subject to splashes or small pieces of food (e.g. stands, walls, tables where customers consume food and drink). This certification guarantees the highest quality and safety standard for consumers in the case of certified products.

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